Lebombo flat lizard
(Endemic) SVL 60-70 mm; max SVL 75 mm
This small to medium-sized platy is similar to Wilhelm´s flat lizard, P.i.wilhelmi, but has blackish back.The lower eyelids of this platy are opaque, and each is divided with a series of vertical septa. The nasals are usually in contact. The granules on the back vary in size, becoming large and conical on the flanks. The heels and sides of the tail are spiny. The ventrals are in 15-20 longitudinal rows. Males have 14-19 femoral pores. Females and juvenils have a brownish-black back, with three pale stripes and spots between them. The tail is blackish, fading to a straw colour on the sides and pale orange-brown below. The belly is blueish-white, sometimes with black in the middle, and with dark spots on the throat and chin. The back of adult males is blackish-grey to black, sometimes retaining brown stripes. The lips are green with black blotches. A broad orange-red streak extends from the neck to the armpits. The limbs are brownish tio grey-black above, the belly black with a blue patch in the middle. The chin and throat are mottled greenish-blue. Habitat : Large rocky faces in thicket and grassland. Range : Middle Lebombo Range between Swaziland and KwaZulu-Natal.
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